Artistic Programming That Knows No Bounds
An international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, Luminato Festival Toronto provides artistic programming that cuts across traditional art-form boundaries.
As a charitable, not-for-profit, globally connected cultural organization proudly based in Toronto, we work closely with artists from all walks of life to support the development and creation of distinctive new work here at home, and introduce Canadians to some of today’s most exciting international artists.
A Shining Light on a Culturally Vibrant City
Founded in 2007 by David Pecaut and Tony Gagliano, Luminato was conceived to shine a spotlight on Toronto as a culturally vibrant and globally connected city rich in creativity.
In its first decade, Luminato became one of the preeminent international arts festivals in North America, with more than 3,600 performances featuring 15,000+ artists from over 40 countries.
As Luminato enters its second decade, its vision is to be a locally rooted, globally connected festival with a distinctly Toronto personality.
Luminato showcases Canadian artists to the world and, through the presentation of outstanding international artists, connects those local voices with global conversations. The festival has also become one of Canada’s most active commissioning bodies, having commissioned close to 100 new works covering all art forms. People numbering into the millions have experienced an extraordinary array of events at the festival, featuring some of the most exciting artists from Canada and abroad.
An accomplished civic leader and humanitarian, David worked tirelessly on initiatives designed to make our city and country a better place.
Co-Founder, Chair Emeritus
Tony Gagliano presently serves as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Communications.
Luminato acknowledges that the land we gather on is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa and many Anishinaabeg nations, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat Confederacy, and all Indigenous peoples, both known and unknown. This territory is subject to Treaty 13 and the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, and is home for many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples from across Turtle Island. Luminato acknowledges our responsibilities to these territorial agreements and to peaceably sharing and caring for the resources of this land, while aspiring to embody the treaties through our actions, relationship-building, and our programs. Luminato is grateful to have the opportunity to work with many diverse Indigenous nations on this territory and other guests to this land.
An accomplished civic leader and humanitarian, Luminato co-founder David Pecaut had a clear and ambitious vision for the role Luminato would play in the hearts, minds and creativity of Torontonians:
Luminato began as a dream that each year Toronto would invite the world to join us in celebrating creativity. A dream where the best artists in the world and the best artists in Canada fill the stage that is Toronto with new and wonderful creations. Today that dream has become the reality of a boisterous festival sprawling all over the city with music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film and celebrations of all kinds.
Luminato is a hugely personal and collective enterprise. It is a shared spectacle. At its core Luminato is about the creativity in each one of us. Luminato is a time, a place and a set of experiences where each of us can reconnect with the creative in ourselves. The dream of Luminato is that each of us can discover and share our innate creativity. And in doing so, connect with one another as a community in the most powerful way we know.”— David Pecault, June 2009
By consistently upholding the below values, together we seek to build a positive, ambitious culture at Luminato that is professionally rewarding and personally enjoyable.
We encourage the fairness, trust, and transparency that are essential for rewarding interactions internally, within our communities, and with our artists and audiences.
We embrace the diverse thoughts and voices of our communities and work together to create an open and safe environment.
We empower and welcome the innovation that will shape our bold visions for the future.
We embody an unwavering commitment to greatness across our programming, staff, and collaborators.
Above all, we respect each other.
Our Leadership Team
Well known as an effective manager who’s mentored hundreds of people now working in leadership roles across the city, CEO Celia Smith has spent her entire career in the arts and culture sector in both the non-profit and private sectors, including serving as the General Manager of the Canadian Stage Company and Board Chair of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
An award-winning producer, director, stage manager and curator, Naomi Campbell has over 30 years of experience working across all performing arts disciplines and has staged over 60 new Canadian performance pieces with companies including Nightswimming, Mammalian Diving Reflex (the international hit Haircuts by Children), DVxT Theatre, the late Paul Bettis’ Civilized Theatre, VideoCabaret and numerous independent artists.